Foreign Box Office: 'Dark Knight Rises' Seizes No. 1 Spot Overseas for Third Straight Round

Dark Knight Rises Joseph Gordon Levitt with Police Still - H 2012
Warner Bros.

Dark Knight Rises Joseph Gordon Levitt with Police Still - H 2012

"Batman" sequel tracking nearly 50 percent ahead of 2008's "Dark Knight;" "Ice Age 4" still No. 2 while "Total Recall" debuts lightly in Asia.


Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises commanded the foreign theatrical circuit for the third consecutive weekend, taking the No. 1 box office spot with $66.7 million drawn from 15,400 screens in 58 offshore markets, and hoisting its overseas gross total to $378.1 million.


While the weekend figure dropped 47% from the sequel’s $126.2 million grossed last round, Warner Bros. said Dark Knight Rises overall is tracking 31% ahead of the comparable foreign total registered by its franchise predecessor, 2008’s The Dark Knight,  “at the same point in release if comparing” exchange rates applicable four years ago.


“At today’s exchange rates, we would be 49% ahead of The Dark Knight,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, the studio’s president of international distribution. Dark Knight Rises still has a ways to go to catch up to the overseas gross total -- $469 million – registered by The Dark Knight.


Risescontinues to rack up impressive weekend numbers in the U.K. ($6.7 million in third round at 567 sites for a market cume of $63.5 million) and in France ($5.8 million, cume $20.4 million). In Mexico the tally is ($5.3 million, cume $20.9 million), Germany $5.6 million, cume $19 million), South Korea ($4.2 million, cume $36.3 million) and in Japan ($2.6 million at 534 venues for a cume of $11.8 million).


Buoyed by excellent China results, the weekend’s No. 2 title, 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, collected $33.3 million overall from 13,569 venues in 62 territories, pushing its substantial offshore total to $587.6 million. China contributed $10 million in the second round at 3,500 spots, elevating the market cume to $40.6 million.


The Blue Sky Studio’s sequel is the fourth title in the increasingly remunerative computer animation franchise that has grossed $2.5 billion worldwide over the last 10 years. The biggest foreign grosser of the series is 2009’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which accumulated $693.9 (worldwide, $887.1 million).


New to the foreign circuit this round was Sony’s Total Recall, costarring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckisale andJessica Biel, which opened at 1,217 locations in a dozen markets in the Caribbean and in Asia. 


Soft weekend take for the action sci-fi thriller, updating the 1990 Carolco Pictures original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, totaled $6.17 million with Taiwan ($1.23 million at 150 spots) and Malaysia ($943,538 million at 141 sites) delivering the biggest grosses.


Also making its overseas debut was Universal’s release of Laika Ent.’s Paranorman, an animation fantasy about a young boy who converses with dead people.  Its Mexico introduction generated $2.24 million at 537 locations, sufficient for a No. 2 market ranking.


The weekend’s No. 3, Universal’s Ted, registered its strongest stanza yet on the foreign circuit, collecting $32.8 million on the weekend at 2,413 screens in 20 territories, half of which were new.  Director Seth MacFarlane’s comedy-fantasy starring Mark Wahlberg has grossed a total of $78 million overseas so far with playdates in 38 markets still ahead.


Tedpremiered No. 1 in the U.K. (a strong $14.6 million registered at 509 sites, Universal’s biggest market opening in five years)), Germany ($7.2 million at 467 sites), Russia ($5.8 million at 630 situations, biggest market opening for a Hollywood studio comedy) and in Austria ($1.7 million at 77 sites for a per-screen average of more than $22,000).


Finishing in the fourth spot was the Pixar animation title, Brave, distributed by Disney.  Weekend drew $17.8 million from 31 territories, which Disney said represents about 56% of the film’s projected market. A No. 1 debut in France drew $6.5 million from 690 locations.Brave has grossed $119.2 million on the foreign circuit since its overseas opening on June 21. Worldwide tally is $342.6 million.  


Flying past the $300 million foreign gross mark ($313.7 million) after nine weeks on the foreign circuit was DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most   Wanted. It ranked No. 5 on the weekend.        


Weekend action came to $17.3 million drawn from 3,059 locations in 40 countries with a Japan opening contributing $4.9 million over five days at 540 sites, enough for a No. 4 market ranking.


Continuing to be the dominant No. 1 attraction in South Korea was Showbox’s release of The Thieves, which collected a muscular $13.3 million in its second round at 1,092 locations.  Market cume for director Choi Dong-hoon’s crime thriller about a robbery gang on the lam in Macao was lifted to $44.2 million. 


Lionsgate’s release of Summit Entertainment’s Step Up Revolution opened at 10 fresh markets, and collected $7.9 million on the weekend overall from 20 territories.


Biggest new market was Australia were the opening round at some 200 locations generated an estimated $1.4 million. The latest title in the dance-drama series costarring Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman has grossed a total of $17.5 million offshore and $40.6 million worldwide.


Since opening overseas on June 27, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed a total of $427.7 million.  Latest weekend at 6,040 venues in 86 markets came up with $6.6 million.  Biggest offshore title of the blockbuster series is 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which tallied a total of $554.3 million in total foreign box office.


Fox’s scifi/action outing Prometheus raised its foreign cume to $184.7 million thanks to a $4.5 million weekend at 934 sites in three markets. A Spain bow generated $4.25 million at 782 situations. Same distributor’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days made its debut in five markets, taking in $2.6 million from 696 locations. Lastest Wimpy Kid sequel bagged $2.4 million in the U.K. at 568 spots, enough for a No. 3 market ranking.


Grossing $2.9 million was Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which played at 3,316 playdates in a dozen territories. Foreign total for Universal’s 3D animation adapted from the classic children’s book comes to $118 million.


Lionsgate’s release of Magic Mike, director Steven Soderbergh’s comedy-drama about male strippers costarring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, grabbed the No. 8 spot in the U.K., grossing an estimated $860,000 in its fourth round, nudging the market cume to $18.7 million. Overall, the film played at 1,182 screens in 18 markets and drew $4 million, lifting the foreign cume to $28.2 million.


Other international cumes:  Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsmen, $234.9 million; Fox’s Stefan Vs. Kramer, $2.2 million opening in Chile only; Gaumont’s Les Kaira, $6.3 million over four rounds in France only; Paramount’s The Dictator, $108 million; Pathe’s Un Bonheur N’Arrive Jamais Seul, $11.4 million in six rounds in France only; Universal’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting, $3.4 million in Universal territories only; and Paramount’s Katy Perry: Part of Me, $5.9 million.


Also,Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $27 million; Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement, $22.6 million; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $37.2 million; Sony’s That’s My Boy, $11.2 million; Universal’s Savages, $3.1 million; Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom, $14.7 million; Sony’s Men in Black III, $445 million; and Focus Features’ Jane Eyre, $22.8 million.